The Washington DC International Spy Museum is seeking permission to relocate to a new $100 million building designed by Richard Rogers at L’Enfant Plaza. Contingent on approval from the Commission of Fine Arts, as the Washington Business Journal reports, the new 100,000-square-foot, six-story proposed museum would be sited on an open area adjacent to the L'Enfant Plaza hotel.
“I think everyone in the city knows that’s somewhat of a dead area right now,” said Spy Museum Chief Operating Officer Tamara Christian to WBJ. “When we came to Penn Quarter, it was somewhat of a dead area. Now it’s completely energized, and we’re really hoping that we’ll be able to be a catalyst to energize L’Enfant.”
It is hoped that the new building would expand the museum's exhibition, special event and plaza space, while add a rooftop terrace and reenergize the area. If built, adds the WBJ, the site's main thoroughfare - 10th street - would be reestablished as a "mixed-use cultural corridor with ample green space."
The proposed plan will be presented to the commission on April 16.
News via WBJ